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Saranac Council #11113

Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world’s foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.

A painting by Italian artist Antonella Cappuccio depicts Venerable Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus. In the background are 19th-century Irish immigrants outside St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn.

Saranac Council #11113 Officers

Chaplin – Rev. Aaron Ferris
District Deputy – Bill Vallier
Grand Knight – Gregg Hotchkiss
Deputy Grand Knight – Tony Baumgartner
Financial Secretary – Ralph Westbrook
Treasurer – Dan Brown
Chancellor – Dick Knoop
Advocate – Edward H Zigmont
Warden – Al Sheilke
Inside Guard – Tyler Frederiksen
Outside Guard – John Free
Recorder – Greg Price
Lecturer – Dan Lauer
Trustee 3rd Year – Mike Lamphere
Trustee 2nd Year – Doug Thelen
Trustee 1st Year – Jerry Lillie


Knights of Columbus meet the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Anthony’s Activity Center. All men of the parish (18 years and older) are encouraged to join and attend. 6070 David Hwy., Saranac MI 48881.

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Saranac Council #11113 Knights of Columbus Newsletters

December 2016

Contact Grand Knight Gregg Hotchkiss

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